Warhammer 40,000: Dark Millenium Is No Longer An MMO
THQ has decided to change directions with Warhammer 40,000: Dark Millenium. The game will not be an MMO after all. Instead, it's being reworked as a single-player game with an online multiplayer component.
"As previously announced, we have been actively looking for a business partner for the game as an MMO," said THQ president and CEO Brian Farrell. "However, based on changing market dynamics and the additional investment required to complete the game as an MMO, we believe the right direction for us is to shift the title from an MMO to a premium experience with single and multiplayer gameplay, robust digital content and community features. Because we believe strongly in the high-quality and vast creative work that is in production, this is the right decision for both our portfolio and for gamers devoted to this powerful property.”
The change in Dark Millenium's genre will be accompanied by layoffs. THQ plans to cut 79 full-time employees at Vigil Games. Relic Entertainment, meanwhile, will lose 39 employees.
The MMO, dubbed Warhammer 40,000: Dark Millenium Online was supposed to be a war between the forces of Order and Chaos. Players would take part in massive battles with vehicles and player-created squads. I imagine at least some part of that concept will survive in the ultimate game that Vigil and Relic make.
"We are genuinely excited about the new direction that THQ is taking with Warhammer 40,000: Dark Millennium, and we are sure that this will be a great addition to the ever growing stable of authentic and engaging Warhammer 40,000 video games,” said Jon Gillard, Head of Licensing for Games Workshop.
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